Gov’t Asks Top Court for Expedited Hearing in Gyöngyöspata School Segregation Case
MTI-Hungary Today 2020.02.12.
The government is appealing against a court decision to award cash compensation to Roma who were segregated at school in Gyöngyöspata, in north-western Hungary. It has asked the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, for an expedited procedure.
Bence Rétvári, state secretary at the human resources ministry, told a press conference on Wednesday that the primary and appeal courts had ignored evidence presented by the school operator and local government’s defence that the precise harm to the plaintiffs had not been ascertained, neither was it shown properly how each plaintiff had felt harmed.
“The foundation representing the plaintiffs has focused on receiving cash [compensation],” Rétvári said, adding that this stance would not help them to resolve the issue.
On January 17, Rétvári announced the government’s proposal to offer educational programmes rather than cash payments to the victims. This is the date the appeal court set for the local government and the school authority of Gyöngyöspata to pay a combined 100 million forints (EUR 300,000) to the 60 plaintiffs.
In the featured photo: State secretary Bence Rétvári. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI